Gezer, Dan, Arad-these place names have little meaning for most Bible readers. But they did mean something to the writers of the Text. These places brought certain pictures and events to mind, much like the names "New York," "Hicksville," and "Washington DC" bring images to our minds today.

Just like our own cities, each city mentioned in the Text had unique features. Some were isolated desert cities. Others stood on busy trade routes. Some cities were small and rarely noted. Others were fiercely fought over because of their strategic location.

But no matter what city they lived in, God's people were always called to the same task: To show the world what it means to live for the one true God. Whether we live in a large metropolis or a tiny village, our calling remains the same today.